Today, problem solving using powerful tools permits approaches beyond those traditionally selected because they minimize computational effort. Computationally intensive approaches allow students to focus on fundamentals of the entire problem, e.g., writing an entire set of simultaneous equations, instead of using a special purpose technique to reduce the problem to a single equation in one unknown. In addition, technology can facilitate a faster and more complete analysis of design alternatives by providing ways to rapidly create models or prototypes of proposed designs and to then simulate them in realistic ways.
The Foundation Coalition emphasizes putting computer-related technologies in the hands of students on a routine basis to facilitate their learning, change their learning objectives, and reshape their learning processes.
The Foundation Coalition is creating resources that will assist faculty members at other institutions in using technology to improve student learning. These resources include
- A one-page introduction that provides examples of the use of computer-related technologies in Foundation Coalition classrooms and beyond, and
Workshops that campuses can host. The length of each workshop varies between two hours and two days, depending on the material to be presented and the desired degree of interactivity.